Split ends are the bane of long hair everywhere, and no matter how well you care for your hair there are always going to be some split ends that need trimming away. Luckily, if you know what causes split ends and how to prevent them, you can make sure that you won’t have to worry about them for too long.
These simple tips will help you get rid of split ends in no time flat!
1. Trim Your Hair
For many women, once you start seeing split ends it’s already too late. It’s extremely important to trim your hair regularly and keep your ends healthy. Take a few minutes at least twice a month and trim away any split ends that might have developed. While cutting them is best, you can also use a small pair of scissors to snip off any flyaways near your scalp or face-framing layers that are looking limp.
If done every two weeks or so, these little trims will keep your hair looking sleek and healthy without making you feel like you need a big chop. Do not be afraid when pulling on small pieces of hair; there are no bones in it!
2. Deep Conditioning Treatment
Deep conditioning is an important part of your hair care routine. The average woman shampoos her hair three times a week, which means that many products are removing natural oils and moisture from your hair every time you wash it. Deep conditioning regularly will help fill in damaged areas, preventing split ends.
At-home treatment can be done by combining one cup of argan oil with four cups of water and leaving it on your hair for one hour before rinsing thoroughly. Adding essential oils like rosemary or lavender will promote healing while helping to control odor due to buildup. It is recommended that you do a deep conditioner treatment once every two weeks to maintain healthy locks.
3. Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
Poor health often leads to split ends. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, you should keep stress under control and eat a balanced diet. Stress can make your hair fragile, increasing your risk of split ends.
Similarly, if you aren’t getting enough nutrients from food, it’s more difficult for your body to repair damaged strands and prevent split ends from forming. Always make sure you’re getting enough protein, iron, and fatty acids from whole foods—the building blocks that give hair its strength.
4. Give Yourself Treatments
If you want soft, strong hair and ends, your routine should include preventative treatments. Treatments such as keratin can be used regularly or saved for special occasions. Depending on how many split ends you have, treatments can be applied once or twice a month.
These products will only work if you have healthy hair, to begin with. If your strands are dry or brittle from years of abuse (dyeing, straightening), it is probably time to strengthen them with products that contain protein and use mask-type treatments more often than once a week.
5. Use The Right Products
Many hair care products, especially ones that promise fullness and length, include silicones. These ingredients coat your hair, preventing moisture from being absorbed. The result is dry and split ends. If you’re having problems with splitends, it’s a good idea to eliminate these types of products from your daily routine and use styling aids that minimize breakage.